The Transportation Problem!

Posted 4th May 2020. Category: Article.

How to Resolve the Transportation Problem?

Posted 4th May 2020. Category: General.

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We define the transport problem as the inefficiency of an individual getting around their local environment for day to day purposes. We believe people spend too much time, effort and money on their commute. Today, advancements in technology enable new personal transport options that help solve the transport problem.

The transport problem can be broken down into three components; we call them the three C's:
  • Clock
  • Cost
  • Convenience
Clock (Time):
Clock (or time) is the excess amount of time that individuals spend getting from place to place. Often, this is wasted time, but for some, it may be well spent; for example, reading a book on the train or listening to the news. But either way, most people would take up the option of reduced travel time if they had the choice!

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The cost of transport is high. According to the ABS; NSW residents spend on average $7432 per annum on transportation. Annual vehicle-related expenses include fuel, servicing, repairs, insurance, registration, parking, tolls and fines. For most people, most travel can be swapped to lower-cost personal transportation methods such as eBike or eScooter.

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Convenience refers to the ease of a transportation method. Personal car ownership is generally considered the most convenient form of transport; however, in some cases, it is not. Travel distances under 3-4km can be inconvenient, if the majority of time is spent stuck in traffic, finding parking or navigating one-way streets. In these cases, personal mobility can be more efficient. Public transport is generally considered inconvenience due to fixed timetables, less flexibility, risk of delays and poor reliability.

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Our mission at WalkSmart is to help individuals embrace new forms of personal transportation; so that they can live a better life. Through improvements in time, convenience and cost savings; we help people solve their transport problem.

Here is an example scenario of how personal eMobility can be utilised in Sydney to help solve the transport problem:
Jeff lives in Glebe, a suburbian area about 2-3km away from the city, and works in Town Hall right in the centre. Jeff has multiple options in commuting from home to the office, which includes:

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Car: 15 minutes of travel time, $150-$200 per week expenses.
Light Rail: 23 minutes of travel time, $40 per week.
Bus: 25 minutes of travel time, $40 per week.
Walking: 35 minutes of travel time, $0 per week.
Cycling: 10 minutes, $80 per week.
eScooter: 7 minutes, $25 per week.

Why is the eScooter the fastest method for Jeff?
eScooters are compact and nimble; they can be carried up and down stairs with ease, and be ridden in locations where bikes would be too cumbersome. The pricing quoted is for the all-in-one eScooter rentals which include servicing, maintenance and repairs.

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Sometimes it is difficult to know what transport method is best for you. In this case, it may be worthwhile to give each a go. WalkSmart offers short-term rentals to help customers try out different products to ensure they solve the transport problem.

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WalkSmart recommends that you check your local state laws and regulations in relation to using electric scooters in public locations, roads and footpaths. Laws vary state by state and therefore may limit use to private locations only. Each local body is reviewing public electric scooter use, so we expect it to be regulated, but legal in all states within the short term. Feel free to contact WalkSmart if you have any further queries.

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